Light confusion

Eshelton3

Member
So Im thinking of getting new fixture which is a Zoo Med Reptisun okay here is where I’m confused it says it holds a T8 Reptisun 5.0 UVB light. So is this not right? Here is the bulb it says it has? Help! 😂 I’m new to this.
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Highway61

Avid Member
Depends on what size your linear lamp is. T5 is smaller that T8 so either it fits or it doesn't. Both will work but there is newer technology in T5 and that is what is recommended.
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Ok so you have T8 fixtures and they take T8 bulbs. Then you have T5HO fixtures and they take T5 bulbs. You can not put T5 into a T8 and vice versa.

T5HO has a deeper penetration. Meaning you can use a 5.0 bulb in a single bulb fixture and have a distance of about 8-9 inches to basking...

With a T8 single bulb fixture you have to use a 10.0 bulb because it does not penetrate as far into the cage. Then your distance to basking is going to sit somewhere between 5-7 inches away.

I prefer T5 fixtures because they also are brighter. But also because I can have the distance farther away.
 
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Eshelton3

Member
I thank you all so much for this help I really appreciate it. It’s kind of confusing at first lol. Well for right now I’m kind of stuck with this so it’s a T8 so from my understanding I will need a 10 UVB with it.
 

Lpsouth1978

Avid Member
I thank you all so much for this help I really appreciate it. It’s kind of confusing at first lol. Well for right now I’m kind of stuck with this so it’s a T8 so from my understanding I will need a 10 UVB with it.
If you MUST go with the T8, then yes, use a 10.0 bulb. If you don't mind me asking, where are you located? I have a Reptisun T5HO fixture that I am no longer using. I would be happy to pass it along to help out a fellow cham owner.
 

Klyde O'Scope

Chameleon Enthusiast
I wouldn't bother with a Reptisun fixture.
Most of the T5 UVB fixtures sold today are from the same factory in China.
All made by Shenzen Sunlight Lighting Co. (OEM) and all are virtually identical.

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  • Arcadia Pro T5
  • Biodude T5HO
  • Carolina Custom Cages T5HO
  • Hydrofarm "Jumpstart"
  • Sunblaster T5HO Nanotech
  • Vivarium T5
  • and Others
So shop for price.
 
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